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Neasham Parish Council report, Monday, September 2
4:12pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
THE new community bus for Neasham and other rural Darlington villages made its first journey on Monday (September 2).
The bus, dubbed Our Bus, connects Bishopton, Sadberge, Great Stainton, Hurworth and Neasham with Darlington, and is the result of months of campaigning by borough councillors Joe Kelley and Brian Jones, who represent Hurworth and Sadberge, respectively.
Chairman of the parish council, John Weighell, was one of its first passengers and he thanked Coun Kelley for his hard work.
He also noted the bus stops at Asda on Whinbush Way before returning about three quarters of an hour later, allowing enough time for shopping.
Police matters: A speedwatch was held in the village on Friday, August 30 between 9am and 10am. Out of the 69 vehicles that passed, one taxi was caught speeding at 39mph.
County Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg, will attend the next Police and Communities Together (Pact) meeting for Neasham and Middleton St George on Wednesday, September 11 at Dinsdale Court, Middleton St George.
There have been a couple of cases of littering in Sockburn Lane, in the village. Chairman of the parish council, John Weighell, said in one of the cases a caravan had been filled with rubbish before being dumped. It is being investigated.
Village green: The cherry tree on New Lane needs pruning again as it has reached the telephone wires. Councillors will get an estimate for the work before the next parish council meeting.
Planning applications: Councillors received three planning applications over the summer break. Permission was granted for two, while a third was thrown out by the borough council.
Northumbria in Bloom: Coun Weighell will attend the 2013 Northumbria in Bloom award ceremony at the Stadium of Light, in Sunderland, on Tuesday, September 17, where the winners will be announced.
He said: “The village looks lovely, the amount of work people have put in has been amazing.” He also thanked Street Scene at Darlington Borough Council for their help, and said: “The two lads from Street Scene have been with us every step of the way, they are great lads.”
Other matters: Councillor John Alderson raised concerns about the joint cycle path and footpath between Neasham and Hurworth. He asked if a line could be painted to distinguish which side is for pedestrians and which side is for cyclists. Coun Kelley will raise it with the borough council.
There will be no route between Neasham and Middleton St George for about three months from September 27 while the bridge at Dinsdale station is replaced to allow for freight trains travelling to and from Teesport to use the line. Councillor Derek Dodwell has made public notices which will be put up on noticeboards and in pubs to let people know.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, October 7.
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